Gunfighter List

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John Hale – A gunman and foreman of the Manning Ranch near EI Paso, Texas. After killing Gus Krempkau in 1881, he was shot and killed by Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire.

Caleb Hall, aka: The Prowler, John Collins, Sam Collins – A former John Kinney Gang member, he fought in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. Afterwards, he joined Selman’s Scouts, a vicious gang who terrorized the county. He died of natural causes at Cripple Creek, Colorado on March 12, 1935.

James Hanna – A gunman, he was shot on March 17, 1883 in Middle Camp, New Mexico.

Bill Hardin – A gunman and first cousin to John Wesley Hardin, he was lynched by a mob after killing a man near Engle, New Mexico in the 1880s.

John Wesley Hardin

John Wesley “Wes” Hardin (1853-1895) – Known as Texas’ most deadly gunman, Hardin killed over thirty people. After spending 18 years in prison, was shot and killed on August 19, 1895 by John Henry Selman. See Full Article HERE.

Albert Harmon – A gunman, he shot and killed Tomas Salazar in January 1908 at Springer, New Mexico.

James Harris – A gunman and former lawman, he was killed while dueling Bob Majors at Santa Cruz, California in the 1880s.

Edward Hart – A former John Kinney Gang member, he fought in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. Afterwards, he joined Selman’s Scouts, a vicious gang who terrorized the county.  He was shot and killed by John Selman in Lincoln County in September 1878 for allegedly attempting to assume the role of gang leader.

George Hawks – A gunman, he shot and killed John M. Berry on January 18, 1887 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Charles Helm – A gunman and cowboy he was shot and killed by Billie McCauley in Tombstone, Arizona in 1882 after arguing about whether to drive cattle fast or slow.

Jack Helm (??-1873) – Confederate soldier, cowboy, gunfighter and lawman, who served as the captain of the Texas State Police Force during reconstruction and fought in the Sutton-Taylor Feud. He was killed by Jim Taylor and John Wesley Hardin in July, 1873.

Fernando Herrera – Fought with the Regulators in the Lincoln County War of New Mexico. He survived the conflict and died at Alamogordo, New Mexico in the 1930s.

Bill Heslett – A gunman and rancher in Grant County, New Mexico, Bill and brother, Ike, ambushed and killed two notorious Tombstone, Arizona outlaws named Billy Leonard and Harry Head on June 12, 1881 who were attempting to take over their ranch. In retaliation, both Bill and Ike were killed by a mob of outlaws ten days later in Eureka, New Mexico on June 22nd.

Isaac “Ike” Heslett – A gunman and rancher in Grant County, New Mexico, Ike and brother, Bill, ambushed and killed two notorious Tombstone, Arizona outlaws named Billy Leonard and Harry Head on June 12, 1881 who were attempting to take over their ranch. In retaliation, both Bill and Ike were killed by a mob of outlaws ten days later in Eureka, New Mexico on June 22nd.

Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok (1837-1876) – Marshal in Abilene and Hays City, Kansas. Better known as a gunfighter; involved in the McCanles Massacre in 1861and the Hickok-Tutt Shootout in 1865. Killed by Jack McCall in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876. See Full Article HERE..

John Calhoun Pinckney “Pink” Higgens (1848-1914) – Quick on the trigger, Higgens was Involved in the Horrell-Higgins Feud and during his lifetime, was said to have killed between 14-18 men. See Full Article HERE.

George W. Hill – A gunman, he shot and killed two men named Pooler and Juan Romero.

Tom Hill, aka: Tom Chelson  – A member of Jesse Evans Gang during New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. He was killed by a sheep-herder near Tularosa, New Mexico on March 9, 1878.

Henry Hoges – A gunman, he was arrested for the March 1883 murder of John Byers.

John Henry “Doc” Holliday (1851-1887) – Deputized by Virgil Earp in Tombstone, Arizona to help in stopping the crimes of the Clanton Gang, which culminated with a gunfight at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in October, 1881. He died in a of tuberculosis in Colorado in 1887. See Full Article HERE.

Tuck Hoover (18??-1894?) – A South Texas rancher, Hoover obviously was difficult to get along with as he was in and out of trouble over the years. One of his first recorded gunfights occurred in 1878 when he was with one of his best friends, gunfighter and lawman, Dallas Stoudenmire. When the pair, along with several of their friends, encountered a party of rival cattlemen near Alleytown, Texas, a small village near Eagle Lake, an argument erupted. The rival party, led by the Sparks brothers of Eagle Lake, were disputing the ownership of a herd of cattle. The argument soon led to gunfire and two members of the Sparks faction were killed and another wounded.

Some years later, Hoover got into an argument with saloon owner, Jake Burtshell. On April 30, 1894, Hoover confronted him inside the saloon with a cocked pistol, at which point Burtshell went for his gun and Hoover shot him. When the smoke cleared, the saloon owner was dead. Hoover surrendered to the sheriff in Eagle Lake, was tried for murder, convicted and given a 20 year prison sentence. However, the sentence was overturned and Hoover was released pending a re-trial. However, before Hoover would be retried, he was approached by a local hard case by the name of Jim Coleman, who drew a gun and shot Hoover to death.

John Horan; aka: Pete – A gunman and miner, he was hanged in 1863.by Sheriff Henry Plummer in Montana for murder.

Tom Horn, aka: James Hicks (1860-1903) – Born in Memphis, Missouri on November 21, 1860, Horn’s father was a strict disciplinarian and Tom ran away at the age of 14, heading west. By the time he was 15 he was an army scout and involved in many campaigns for more than a decade, including Geronimo’s surrender in 1886.  In 1890, he joined the Pinkerton Agency Agency and using his gun with lethal effectiveness tracked down dozens of outlaws and killed 17 men. See Full Article HERE.

Painting the Town Red

“Painting The Town Red”

Benjamin Horrell (18??-1873) – A gunman and one of five rowdy Horrell brothers of Lampasas County, Texas, Ben and his brothers worked as cowboys on their ranch, but were also known for being a rowdy bunch that were quick to find trouble and prone to shooting up the town during their drinking escapades. The first gunfight Ben was known to have been involved in was in March, 1873 after his brother Mart had been arrested for his participation in the Lampasas Saloon Gunfight. Jailed in Georgetown, Texas, Benjamin and his brothers stormed the jail, fought fiercely with local citizens and got Mart and his friends out of jail. The Horrell brothers then fled to Lincoln County, New Mexico, where they continued their rowdy ways. On December 1, 1873, Ben Horrell, along with former Lincoln County Sheriff Jack Gylam, and a man named Dave Warner rode into Lincoln  and after carousing a number of saloons and brothels, the drunken men began to shoot off their guns. When Constable Juan Martinez demanded that they surrender their weapons they compliantly handed them over. However, they soon procured more weapons and were shooting up another  brothel. When confronted again by Constable Martinez and four other officers, Dave Warner, who had a long standing grudge with Martinez, pulled his pistol and shot and killed the constable. The lawmen returned the fire, killing Warner, but Ben Horrell and Jack Gylam fled. The lawmen  aggressively pursued the pair and when they caught up with the two hell-raisers, they pumped their bullets into them, shooting Horrell nine times and Gylam 13 times. Ben’s brothers soon retaliated, killing some 13 Hispanic citizens in what has become known as the Horrell War of Lincoln County.

John Horrell (18??-1870) – Another cowboy, gunman and the oldest of the six rowdy Horrell brothers, John made his way to Las Cruces, New Mexico before his younger brothers got involved in the gunfights and feuds they became known for. However, John was also a gunfighter and was the first of the brothers to die.

Martin “Mart” Horrell (18??-1878) – Cattleman and gunman, Mart was one of the five violent Horrell brothers who created chaos in Texas and New Mexico. During the Civil War, he served in Terry’s Texas Rangers, afterwards returning to the family ranch in Lampasas, Texas. On March 19, 1873, he was involved in the Lampasas Saloon Gunfight, in which four Texas State police officers were killed and Mart was wounded. He was soon arrested and held in the Georgetown, Texas jail. However, he and his friends were busted out of jail by his brothers and they soon fled to Lincoln County, New Mexico. After brother Benjamin was killed on December 1, 1873 while resisting arrest, the brothers realitated in what has become known as Horrell War of Lincoln County. Mart and his remaining brothers returned to Texas in early 1874 where they became embroiled in the Horrell-Higgins Feud in 1877. The following year, he and his brother, Tom, were jailed in Meridian, Texas as suspects for a robbery/murder. On December 15, 1878, the jail was besieged by a vigilante mob who shot and killed both brothers.

Merritt Horrell (18??-1877) – Yet another of the five violent Horrell brothers, Merritt was present at the Lampasas Saloon Gunfight and when they broke brother Mart out of jail in Georgetown, Texas. With his other brothers, he fled to Lincoln County, New Mexico, where he was also involved in the Horrell War. After the brothers return to Texas, Pink Higgins filed an official complaint in May, 1876, accusing Merritt of taking one of his calves. Though the case went to trial, Merritt was found not guilty, and Higgins promised Merritt  that he would settle the matter later with his gun. Pink’s threat was not an idle one. On January 22, 1877, while Merritt was in a Lampasas saloon, Higgins slipped in through a back door and shot Merritt, who fell to the floor. Though wounded, Merritt stood up, and Higgins shot him again. Once more on the floor, Higgens pumped two more shots into the dying man.

Samuel “Sam” Horrell (18??-1836) – Another of the five rowdy Horrell brothers, Sam was a farmer and not as disposed to violence as his other brothers. H served in Terry’s Texas Rangers during the Civil War. Though he was not present at the Lampasas Saloon Gunfight, he did help to bust is brother out of jail and accompanied the rest of them to Lincoln County, New Mexico. When the clan returned to Texas, he was involved in the Horrell-Higgins Feud and was present on June 14, 1877 during the  Lampasas Square Shoot Out. Oregon in 1882 and died in California in 1936.

Thomas W. Horrell (18??-1878) – One of the five violent Horrell brothers, Tom was involved in virtually every conflict of the rowdy clan. After serving with brothers Sam and Mart in Terry’s Texas Rangers during the Civil War he returned to Lampasas. He got into his first dispute with Pink Higgens during a joint cattle drive to Abilene in 1872. In Abilene, the pair got into a dispute that very nearly erupted in gunfire. He was present at the Lampasas Saloon Gunfight and when they broke brother Mart out of jail in Georgetown, Texas. With his other brothers, he fled to Lincoln County, New Mexico, where he was also involved in the Horrell War. After returning the Lampasas, he was actively involved in the Horrell-Higgins Feud and the Lampasas Square Shoot Out. In 1878, he and brother, Mart, were jailed in Meridian, Texas as suspects for a robbery/murder. The jail was besieged by a vigilante mob who shot and killed both brothers.

Temple L. Houston – A gunman, Texas state senator, and son of Texas governor Sam Houston, he killed Ed Jennings in Woodward, Oklahoma. He was tried and acquitted of murder. He died in Woodward, Oklahoma on August 15, 1905.

Joe Howard – A gunman in Lincoln County, New Mexico, in 1877, killed Chihuahua, a Cherokee Indian.

Bennett Howell – A gunman and cowboy, he and two other men were killed by Billy the Kid on June 5, 18 81 at John Chisum’s ranch in New Mexico.

George R. Hoyt – A gunman and cowboy, he was shot by Wyatt Earp while “hurrahing” Dodge City, Kansas. His arm was amputated and he died.

John Hudgens – A gunman, he shot and killed Louis Montjeau in January, 1885 at White Oaks, New Mexico.

Hugh Hudson – A Peacock gunman in the late 1860s Lee-Peacock feud in Texas. He was shot and killed after he was accused of killing a man.

James Hurley – A member of the John Kinney Gang during New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. He died of heart trouble in Carlsbad, New Mexico on August 16, 1910.

Johnny Hurley – A member of the Seven Rivers Warriors who fought in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. He survived the war but was killed by Nicholas Aragon in Chaperito, New Mexico on January 25, 1886.

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